A Quick Saturday Update on the First Medieval Guide Book

This Saturday I am sat here feeling a little bit smug and also a little excited. I am smug because I am way ahead in my schedule for my first draft of Crime and Punishment in Medieval England – an Easy Guidebook For Writers and Readers of Historical Fiction and excited because I have rediscovered enjoying…

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How Long Is a Piece of String?

Sounds like a question for quantum physics, doesn’t it? But I can assure you that I am wholly unqualified to talk about string theory or Schrödinger’s’ Cat, and I’m sure that you’re pretty relieved about that too! So what am I talking about? Novels. How long should it take to write one. I have lately…

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Season’s Change – My Summer to My Autumn

I am a seasonal being. Very much like the trees, I have certain cycles to my year that match the lengthening and shortening of the days. Maybe it is because I am so close to nature – walking a lot outdoors, watching the birds, tending a garden. These rhythms not only affect my energy, thoughts…

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Ten Tips for Writing Those Pesky Sex Scenes

When I first got the idea to write this I thought that I could use the Guardian Bad Sex Writing Awards as an example of what not to write in a sex scene. However, having just ploughed my way through several extracts, there were several where I couldn’t see exactly why they were nominated (although…

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The Devil To Pay Launched!!!

At last!! Finally!! After what seems like a lifetime rewriting, editing and then pre-publishing preparation, the short novel I wrote for my MA in Creative Writing has finally been sent out into the public arena!! As usual it wasn’t without last-minute issues as Amazon KDP wouldn’t accept the carefully formatted HTML file I’d prepared (all…

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Thankyou!

A big thankyou to everyone who downloaded Not Only the Ink is Black for free – and for those who have left reviews (more please? 🙂  )! I’ve had some fantastic feedback for what is the first book published under my real name (and on my own). I talk about writing this and that all…

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Not Only the Ink is Black – Inspirations: Part Three

The final insight into the stories behind the stories (and poems). E-natomy of a Relationship Written after coming out of a bad relationship where the other party, I can only assume to get back at me, was badmouthing me, saying he was scared of what I was going to do next because I was so…

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